LAHORE – Secretary General Jamaat-e-Islami Liaqat Baloch has said that the party has decided to intensify contacts with the opposition parties on the one point agenda of forcing the government to announce fresh elections under interim government and independent Election Commission.

Briefing the newsmen after advisory meeting of the JI held at Mansoora on Thursday to review the prevailing political situation, he said the JI was of the firm view that 2008 elections had proved unproductive and a fresh mandate had become essential. JI Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan chaired the meeting also participated by JI deputy ameer Ch Muhammad Aslam Saleemi, deputy SG Farid Ahmed Piracha, Director Idara Ma’raf e Islami, Hafiz Muhammad Idrees and Director Foreign Affairs JI Abdul Ghaffar Aziz. In the meeting, JI Secretary General presented a report regarding JI contacts with the opposition parties.

Liaquat Baloch said the meeting condemned government’s steps resulting in the memo scandal. However, he clarified that any unconstitutional move would not be desirable.

He emphasised that the JI which expected the government to remain within its constitutional limits, also wanted the armed forces and the judiciary to do the same.

The JI, he said, was of the view that President Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani and their allies were responsible for the prevailing situation as they wanted confrontation with the armed forces and the judiciary in order to achieve political martyrdom. However, he believed that the rulers would not gain anything in this game.

He said that independence of the judiciary and faithful implementation of its decisions was unavoidable.

Likewise, he said, the armed forces were an important national institution and a negative attitude towards it would only benefit the enemy.

He said that the rulers were trying to create a permanent distance between the people and the armed forces.

He warned that if the government made any attempt to curtail the independence and the powers of the judiciary, the JI and the masses would resist that like in the past.